Lee Odden

Voting Begins – Search Marketing Blog Awards


Loren Baker’s Search Engine Journal has recently taken nominations for best search marketing blogs in a variety of categories. I am happy to say TopRank’s blog, aka “Online Marketing Blog” has been nominated in 4 of the 19 categories.

Thank you to friends and readers of Online Marketing Blog for nominating us! You can now vote for TopRank’s blog (5 for best!) in the following categories:

  • Best Search Conference Coverage – Category #16
    As an official media sponsor for blog coverage of: SES, ClickZ, SMX, Pubcon, SIS and eMetrics plus 14 search, PR and marketing conferences blogged in 2007, TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog is against exceptionally tough competition but we hope the work our team has put into providing coverage of sessions, photos, videos, after conference parties and interviews was helpful enough to rate a 5. 🙂
  • Best Overall Search Marketing Blog – Category #3
    This one was a big surprise with formidable competition for sure. We do certainly write about a variety of topics in the search marketing, social media and online PR categories. Don’t take my word for it though, they say links are like votes and there are at least 830,000 links that support this one. At least according to Yahoo Site Explorer. 🙂
  • Most Giving Search Blogger – Category #19
    I was very surprised to see “Lee Odden” in this list and really appreciate the nomination, but there are so many other super qualified people on this list. However, it’s Danny Sullivan and Barry Schwartz that stand out to me.

Be sure to visit Search Engine Journal and vote for TopRankBlog along with all your other favorite search marketing blogs. There are a variety of categories to choose from and I’ve listed the full survey below.

Voting began today and will run until January 4th, 2008 or so, after which Loren announces the winners.

For reference, below is a copy of the actual survey/voting form so you can see all the sites listed.

1. Best SEO Blog of 2007 : Blogs covering SEO news, tips and research.

  • SEO Scoop
  • PageTrafficBlog
  • Search Marketing Gurus
  • SEO Book
  • SEOmoz Blog
  • Sebastian’s Pamphlets
  • Traffick
  • Search Rank Blog
  • Graywolf’s Wolf-Howl
  • SugarRae
  • SEO by the SEA
  • Tropical SEO
  • Search Engine Roundtable

2. Best Search Industry News Blog : These blogs cover the search engine industry news which is happening on a daily basis.

  • John Battelle’s Search Blog
  • Search Views
  • Pandia
  • PageTrafficBlog
  • Search Engine Watch Blog
  • Search Engine Land
  • MediaPost’s Search Insider
  • ValleyWag
  • Marketing Pilgrim
  • WebProNews
  • Search Engine Roundtable

3. Best Overall Search Marketing Blog : These search blogs cover everything, from SEO to aid search tips, to conference and industry coverage.

  • Search Engine Land
  • TopRank Blog (Online Marketing Blog)
  • Search Marketing Gurus
  • Search Engine Roundtable
  • SEOmoz
  • Marketing Pilgrim
  • Bruce Clay Blog
  • Search Engine Guide
  • Search Marketing Gurus
  • SEO Book

4. Best SEO Plugin for WordPress : Run a WordPress Blog? Which of these plugins do you feel is the most important for SEO purposes?

  • Joost’s Meta Robots Plugin
  • Simple Tags Plugin
  • All in One SEO Pack Plugin
  • Do Follow
  • Add Your Own

5. Best Link Building Blog of 2007 : Which link building blog have you turned to the most in 2007 for updated link building tips and news?

  • Text Link Brokers Blog
  • Justilien.com
  • LinkJuicy.com
  • MartiniBuster
  • Wiep.net
  • Link Building Blog
  • Jim Boykin’s Blog
  • Eric Ward Link Moses
  • The Link Spiel

6. Best Social Media Marketing or Optimization Blog of 2007 : More than last year, social media marketing blogs have carved their own niche in the marketing mix.

  • Search Engine Guide
  • 10e20 Blog
  • Social-Media-Optimization.com
  • Graywolf’s Wolf Howl
  • Techipedia
  • StuntDubl
  • Rohitbhargava.Typepad.com
  • MicroPersuasion
  • Performancing
  • Pronet Advertising
  • CenterNetworks
  • Dosh Dosh
  • DanZarrella.com

7. Best Local Search Blog of 2007 : For local search marketing on a small or large business level.

  • Local Onliner
  • Kelsey Group Blog
  • Local SEO Guide
  • LocalBizBits.com
  • Blumenthals
  • Greg Sterling ScreenWerk
  • SmallBusinessSEM

8. Best Google Blog Not Owned by Google (or an employee of Google) :

  • Inside Google
  • Googlfied
  • Googling Google
  • Google Blogoscoped
  • Google Operating System

9. Best Search Blogging Authority on Google’s Treatment of Paid Linking

  • Michael Gray
  • Matt Cutts

10. Best Search Engine Corporate Blog (owned by the search engines) of 2007

  • Live Search Blog
  • Google Webmaster Central Blog
  • AOL Search Blog
  • Yahoo Publisher Network’s YPNBlog
  • Yahoo Search Blog
  • Ask.com Blog
  • Microsoft adCenter Blog
  • Official Google Blog

11. Best Contextual Advertising Blog of 2007 : Blog dealing with advertising in contextual networks or making money from them.

  • ShoeMoney
  • Traffick
  • Dosh Dosh
  • JenSense
  • Search Engine Roundtable
  • Problogger.net

12. Best Affiliate Marketing Blog of 2007

  • PepperJam Blog
  • Revenews
  • ShoeMoney
  • John Chow
  • 5 Star Affiliate Marketing Blog

13. Best Search Engine Community/Forum of 2007 : The most vibrant, active and resourceful community this year.

  • High Rankings Forum
  • SEO Chat
  • Google Blogoscoped Forums
  • iHelpYou Forums
  • Webmaster World
  • Search Engine Watch Forums
  • v7n Forums
  • Sphinn
  • DigitalPoint Forums
  • Cre8asite Forums

14. Best Search Engine Research Blog : This special category is for blog which pride themselves on uncovering search trends, patents and formulas.

  • AltSearchEngines
  • ResourceShelf
  • SEO by the SEA
  • HamletBatista
  • SEOFastStart

15. Breakout Blog of 2007 : These blogs were launched this year (or went popular) and became an instant resource. Please rate them.

  • Dosh Dosh
  • VanessaFoxNude
  • Tropical SEO
  • SEOish
  • BlogStorm
  • AltSearchEngines

16. Best Search Conference Coverage of 2007 : Speed typing and unrivaled stamina fuel these conference hounds, who cover the ins and outs of search sessions on a live and regular basis.

  • AimClear
  • TopRank Blog (Online Marketing Blog)
  • Search Engine Roundtable
  • Create Value
  • Bruce Clay Blog

17. Best 2007 Search Conference Coverage in Photos : Taking the best snapshots from search marketing conferences.

  • Tamar Weinberg
  • Li Evans
  • ShoeMoney
  • Top Rank Blog (Online Marketing Blog)
  • SEOmoz Cartoons

18. Best Search Marketing Facebook Group of 2007 : Got Facebook? Then which search marketing group do you feel is at the top?

  • Drinking Your Way to Popularity
  • Cuttletts
  • SEO Bloggers
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Internet Marketers
  • Facebook Whores for SEO, SMO and SEM Awareness
  • Search Party Animals

19. Most Giving Search Blogger of 2007 : Search Blogger that shares the most resourceful information on an ongoing basis. Please think of overall contributions to this industry and (I know this is difficult) please pick one.

  • Aaron Wall
  • Matt Cutts
  • Andy Beal
  • Michael Gray
  • Lisa Barone
  • Neil Patel
  • Kevin Newcomb
  • Danny Sullivan
  • Lee Odden
  • Bill Slawski
  • Rand Fishkin
  • Charles Knight
  • Barry Schwartz
  • Tamar Weinberg
  • Andy Beard

Remember to vote!

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Lee,

    Congrats on being nominated. I feel that you and Charles Knight are the clear winners here. You certainly deserve the nomination. I have appreciated all that you have done. Thanks again and good luck.

  2. Will you be providing a list of winners with links to there websites?

  3. That’s a great idea Boris, especially if we’re fortunate enough to win one of the categories 🙂 Spread the good word about TopRank Blog please!

  4. I have found your link through google alert today, Just finished survery, this is exclusive question and categories are defined. But some of name i found in participant first time.

    Also some of good name missing in survey.

  5. I feel really bad because I missed time to vode. I wish you good luck!

    By the way… I found and subscribed for some new blogs through this post.


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